Arkansas Judicial Council

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Supreme Court Justices

Judicial Council Officers and Board members for the 2012-2013 term:

Seated: (l-r) Hon. Ralph Wilson, Jr.; Hon. Vann Smith; Hon. Robert Edwards; JD Gingerich

Standing: (l-r) Hon. David Clark; Hon. Earnest Brown, Jr; Hon. Lee Fergus; Hon. Charles Yeargan; Hon. Mackie Pearce

Not pictured: Hon. Mark Hewett; Hon. Larry Vaught; Hon. Berlin Jones; Hon. Xolie Duncan

Information about the Arkansas Judicial Council

The Arkansas Judicial Council consists of all judges of the circuit court and Court of Appeals, Justices of the Supreme Court, retired justices and judges, and the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.  The Council acts as the official body representing the state's judiciary.

It was organized "to foster and preserve the integrity, dignity, and independence of the judiciary; to promote uniformity and dispatch in judicial administration; to develop, implement and maintain a program of judicial education preassisting members newly elected or appointed to the bench; to provide continuing legal education for members accommodating the diverse needs of chancellors, circuit judges and appellate justices; and to select member to the Judicial Retirement board."

The Council has the specific statutory responsibility of making recommendations to the General Assembly on judicial redistricting and the addition of new judgeships in the state. Formal business of the Council is conducted in spring and fall meetings each year.


2013-2014 Officers and Board

Officer Name Phone Fax
Hon. , Robert Edwards President
Circuit Judge
1600 E. Booth Rd., Suite 500
Searcy, AR 72143
501-279-6212 501-279-6293
Hon. Vann Smith, Immediate
Circuit Judge
401 West Markham, Room 300
LIttle Rock, AR 72201
501-340-8538 501-340-6036
Hon. Gary Arnold, President-Elect
Circuit Judge
Saline County Courthouse/200 N. Main
Benton, AR 72015
501-303-5664 501-303-5695
Mr. J.D. Gingerich, Secretary/Treasurer
Director, Administrative Office of the Courts
625 Marshall Street, Justice Building
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-9400 501-682-9410


Board of Directors
Name Phone Fax Term Exp.

Hon Mackie Pierce
401 West Markham/Rm. 360
Little Rock, AR 72201

501-340-5620 501-340-5657 10/2014
Hon Lee Fergus
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 1472
Jonesboro, AR 72403-1472
870-933-4548 870-933-7711 10/2014
Hon Charles Yeargan
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 820
Murfreesboro, AR 71958-0820
870-285-2900 870-285-2950 10/2014
Hon. Earnest Brown. Jr.
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 6116
JPine Bluff, AR 71611
870-451-5461 870-451-5464 10/2015
Hon. Xollie Duncan
Circuit Judge
102 Northeast “A” Street, Room 309
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-271-1024 479-271-5706 10/2015
Hon. David Clark
Circuit Judge
801 Locust Street
Conway, AR 72034
501-328-4156 501-328-4157 10/2015

Hon Rita Gruber
Court of Appeals
625 Marshall
Little Rock, AR 72201

501-682-7478 501-682-7494 10/2016

Hon James Cox
Circuit Judge
901 S. B Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901

479-782-3035 479-784-1537 10/2016

Hon David McCormick
Circuit Judge
108 Union Street, Room 108
Dardanelle, AR 72834

479-229-3580 479-229-1095 10/2016